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Rainbow Mountain Cusco 2D/1N

Rainbow Mountains Cusco

The Rainbow Mountains Cusco also called Vinicunca Mountain, is a stunning multi-color hills, a  great natural wonder in the Peruvian Andes; located approx. 100 kilometers to the South of Cusco city, part of the Vilcanota mountain range.

The Rainbow Mountains Cusco is a great trekking route to hike to Vinicunca; it can be done in 2 day trek or just in one full day hike, with our Rainbow Mountain Experience  you will also get to see the lifestyle of the Andean people, most of them llama and alpaca farmers. As we hike the Rainbow Mountain trail, you will have some great views of  Mt Ausangate the tallest peak around Cusco. The rainbow Mountain trip can be done as part of Ausangate circuit in 4 day. We highly advise travelers to be acclimated to the altitude before to go to the Rainbow Mountain Peru.

The 2 day Rainbow mountain tour is ideal for those who want to avoid all the tourist throngs and now it allows you to explore the red valley as part of the 2 day hike.

Rainbow Mountain Cusco – Highlights:

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • High Mountain passes
  • Flora & wildlife
  • Visiting local villages
  • Rainbow Mountains Cusco or Vinicunca Peru
  • Astonishing views of Ausangate


Rainbow Mountains Cusco – Overview

  • Day 1.- Cusco – Quesiuno – LLamachimpana
  • Day 2.- LLamachimpana – Rainbow Mountain – Quesiuno – Cusco.


Rainbow Mountain Cusco – Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Quesiuno – Llamachimpana

At the scheduled time we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, and start traveling through the South Valley. The ride to the beginning of Vinicunca Mountain hike at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is approx.3 hours long. Once we arrive to the trail head, our cook will prepare us a delicious lunch.

After lunch, our horseman will load all the gear on the horses and then we will start our trip at Qesiuno, following a small side valley; we will be surrounded by lots of alpacas and llamas; this region is home of numerous Andean villagers who own those beautiful animals. In our trek, we will have great views of Mt Ausangate.  Along the trail we will also walk through a small villages and interact with the local people. If we are lucky enough there will be chances to see the Vicuñas, the Peruvian National animal: as part of our tour.

After approx. 2 hours hike, we will arrive to the campsite of kayrabiri, close by the village of Llamachimpana. After to set up our camp, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. This campsite is quite high so we recommend travelers to be acclimated before to come to do the Rainbow Mountain trek. We will sleep only one hour away from the famous Rainbow Mountain Peru.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner / snacks
  • Estimate walking time: 3 hours
  • Walking Distance: : 4 km / 2 ½ miles
  • Level of the hike: Challenging

Day 2: Llamachimpana – Vinicunca – Quesiuno – Cusco

We will continue with the Rainbow Mountain Trip in Cusco, waking up with a cup of hot coca tea and the beautiful sunrise. After the delicious breakfast prepared by our chef, we will start the second part of the trek, 1 hour uphill walk will let us to arrive to our dreamed destination at Vinicunca Mountain. It is important to visit this place earliest possible before the crowds.

The Vinicunca Mountain in Cusco (5,100 m / 16,500 ft), is a spectacular geological formation, which is surrounded by a beautiful mountain scenery; after our arrival we will have the opportunity to explore the area and admire this amazing colorful Mountain. We will spend approx. one hour to take pictures and have snacks while we enjoy the view of the whole Ausangate mountain range.

After to admire the Majestic Vinicunca Mountain, we will walk back downhill for approx. 3 hours to the lunch place. In the afternoon to finish the Experience, we will have 3 hour return drive to Cusco, arriving to your hotel around 5pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast/ lunch/ snacks
  • Estimate walking Distance: Uphill: 1.6 km / 1 miles
  • Estimate walking Distance Downhill: 5 km / 1½ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 1 hours up; 2 hours down
  • Level of the hike: Difficult


 What is Included in the Rainbow Mountain Trip?

  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Pre-trek Briefing 1 or 2 days before
  • Transportation to Quesiuno the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain tour.
  • Return transportation from Quesiuno to your hotel in Cusco.
  • A 4-men tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Professional Chef
  • 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, and 1 Dinner.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 7kg of your personal items.
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Entrance fee for the Rainbow Mountain Peru
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit.

What is Not Included in the Rainbow Mountain Experience?

  • Sleeping Bag for the trip (Can be hired from us)
  • Dinner on the Day 2
  • Tips for the crew (Guide, Chef, wranglers)
  • A horse for riding
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trek.
  • Transfer in/out from Cusco

What you need to take for the Rainbow Mountains Cusco

  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots are required
  • A very good sleeping bag
  • Waterproof jacket,pants / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket and clothes
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat and wooly hat is necesary for the tour
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Flash light is recommended
  • Spare batteries

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